Feature request: Always full + incremental to tape

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Feature request: Always full + incremental to tape

Veeam Logoby garenk » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:07 pm

We need to send the latest chain, incremental and full to tape daily.

Example:

Monday full backup - send to tape
Tuesday incremental backup - send Monday's full and Tuesday's incremental to tape
Wednesday incremental backup - send monday's full and Tuesdays incremental, and Wednesday's incremental to tape
So on...

In a restore situation, we don't want to rely on multiple tapes, one tape for any restore point.
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Re: Feature request: Always full + incremental to tape

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:49 pm

Hello,
I believe it`s possible if you use file to tape job instead of backup-to-tape one. It will result in excessive space consumption.
Do you want to backup on new tape every day? Could you explain your use case?
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Re: Feature request: Always full + incremental to tape

Veeam Logoby garenk » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:52 pm

I can't backup the latest chain with file based tape backup without some pre-scripting.

Space isn't a limiting factor for us, rather we don't want to depend on multiple tapes to perform a recovery.
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Re: Feature request: Always full + incremental to tape

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:39 pm

You are right, this way all backups will be copied, not only the last chain.
There is no way to achieve your goal via UI as use case is not common.
The request is taken into account, but I would suggest not to copy the whole chain each time. If you want better protection, consider backup same chain to another media set with another backup to tape job.
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Re: Feature request: Always full + incremental to tape

Veeam Logoby larry » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:30 pm

I do this everyday. I do a reverse incremental to a folder, retention set to keep 32 days then use file to tape to send 32 days with a full to tape. The last tape of the monthly is kept for 7 years. It is nice when you need to do a restore but don't know what day you need the files from, restore all then pick restore points and look. I need end of day files for 7 years so this way I use less tapes and only ever need to restore 1 tape. The two jobs will run faster than the one job to tape if you use a local disk for a cache, I posted about that before just do a search. I use 32 so if I miss or have an error some day. Every tape has 31 days back on it. I also needs two tapes sometimes and this was the only way I could make a dupe tape.
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